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"The gigantic starship Ark was launched on a voyage of ten thousand years from an Earth on the brink of collapse. Its mission was to carry a portion of the human race to a new home circling another star, but, centuries after its departure, the descendants of the original crew no longer remember that they are on a city-sized spaceship, and know nothing of the Ark's mission, nor of the starry universe outside. The Prophetsy, a theocracy based on slavery and terror, has ruled over most of the Ark for longer than anyone now living can remember, and ...
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"The gigantic starship Ark was launched on a voyage of ten thousand years from an Earth on the brink of collapse. Its mission was to carry a portion of the human race to a new home circling another star, but, centuries after its departure, the descendants of the original crew no longer remember that they are on a city-sized spaceship, and know nothing of the Ark's mission, nor of the starry universe outside. The Prophetsy, a theocracy based on slavery and terror, has ruled over most of the Ark for longer than anyone now living can remember, and it has just succeeded in conquering the few remaining free regions of the ship. Yet there are chinks in the monolithic tyranny . . ." "Danil has been a slave since he was a young boy, but his spirit has never been broken, and his keen mind sees ways that the theocracy might be overthrown and envisions new weapons that could achieve that victory." "Annaya is the daughter of the Prophet Polldor, undisputed ruler of the Prophetsy. She is far more intelligent and strong-willed than her brother, but only a male heir can become the next Prophet. To her father, she is only a pawn, to be married off to a powerful ally. But she is determined that will not happen, even if she has to somehow overthrow both her father and the Prophetsy itself." "Olen, the Prophet's son, is anxious to become the next Prophet. He will cooperate in his sister's plans as long as he thinks they will lead to his assuming the throne and gaining absolute power, but he is a more dangerous ally than Annaya realizes." These three, each with a different motive, will strive to change the course of history for the Ark. But even if they restore freedom to their artificial world, canthey discover the nature of that world, and regain the knowledge necessary for the successful completion of its mission?
Posted July 2, 2012
Loved this book (and Book #1 too). Excellent plots, very good character development. Waiting for "the rest of the story".
Would love for Paul Chafe to quit his day jobs and write for us full time.
This book is a sequel to Genesis: The Ark, by Paul Chafe. I believe it portrays what would really happen if theocracy displaced democracy (or any other system of government that us reason in stead of superstition). It takes place on a generational-colony ship on a 10,000 year journey to a new planet. The book is broken down into several stories, each on centering on a new generation confronting a new crisis.
Reading this book is like watching civilization being born, grow, crashing and rebuilding itself, going of into another direction. The characters are fulling drawn out and developed. The stories are compelling, filled with action and intrigue and speaks to the concerns that exist in our world now- over population, diminishing resources, religious fanaticism and political corruption.
One of the aspects I enjoyed most was how the characters are slowing re-discovering lost technology and knowledge. It is a very exciting and fun read.
Posted October 30, 2009
The earth was nearly extinct when the Ark was launched on a ten thousand year trek to another star system. However the desperate designers had not considered the mental state of those on board after centuries have passed since the chosen departure. Those descendants by Shipyear 3809 are clueless that they ride a humongous space ship. Instead the Prophetsy evolved as a terrorizing theocracy.
Although most people live in fear as slaves with a few masters, some of the oppressed remain mentally strong. Danil has spent his life in bondage, but believes the time to overthrow the brutal despots is coming and he plans to be part of the liberation. Annaya, the daughter of the ruler the Prophet Polldor, detests the primogeniture male only system that prevents her being next in line though she feels superior in every sense than the heir apparent her brother Olen. Her father plans to marry her to the best ally, but had not considered thedesire of his offspring to become the next ruler although only a male heir can become the next Prophet. Instead of a dutiful marriage Annaya plots to overthrow both her father and the Prophetsy itself. Olen agrees to support his sibling's plan to overthrow their father, but assumes he will sit on the throne.
The exciting second Exodus science fiction (see Genesis) with a twisting nod to Macbeth is fast-paced though not quite faster than the speed of light. The theocratic two caste culture of ruling and slave classes on board the Ark is an entertaining look at societal development in an enclosed environment; a sort of island in space. The prime three protagonists are fascinating though none developed beyond their intense interrelationship with the other two. Still fans will enjoy riding along on Paul Chafe's Ark several centuries of generations after the original pioneers left the doomed planet earth.